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Ms Cherry lives in a tiny town in Michigan, after too many fun filled years in the Big City. When not writing, she's a part time nurse, but doesn't get to wear any of the good nursing uniforms. She writes a combination of what she knows and what she'd like to know.
Ms Cherry enjoys hearing from her readers. *wink*
on Sep. 15, 2013 :
I loved all three of these stories, but Rough Custody was my favorite. The shift in the balance of power between Julie and the men in the story really lures you in--at some points, Julie is at their mercy, yet at others, she dominates them with her willingness and her demands. It is a great story with a great ending. I wanted to read a second installment describing the rest of her stay.
Whip Me Harder really appealed to me because of Rachel's unflinching pursuit of desire. I loved that she was so madly driven by what she wanted, and that she just took it. It turns the traditional female role out as she embraces the more typically-male behaviors.
Taken in the Dark is a great read as well; I liked that it just jumps right in to the story without belaboring the point with needless background. You get right to the heart of the story without wasting time.
Overall, I very much enjoyed all three!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 14, 2012 :
Out of the three stories, I preferred the second as it offered more in the way of storyline and character development. For it being erotica, the first and third stories really didn't give enough of either of these for my complete satisfaction. There were a few typos dotted throughout too, but it wasn't so bad I couldn't go on reading.
Though it's not usually what I like to read, I thought I'd try something different, and all of the stories were okay, but I think Whip Me Harder was the standout of this collection. I really found myself thinking quite a lot about Rachel's psychological condition and wishing there was a little more background to both her's and the unnamed man's thoughts and emotions regarding their new-found relationship. I'd have liked this particular story to be longer because I felt it could really get down to exploring some serious, true-to-life issues.
I can, however, live with it being as is. So, yes, out of the three, number two was my favourite. The first and last story didn't really flesh out the characters as people enough for me, they just seemed a little too much like give-me-what-I-want machines, not that I mean to sound horrible. I just think, in real life, people can't always expect things to go down like that, and they have other motivations in life also... And sometimes the sex doesn't have to be what other people would consider mind-blowing because, in real life, there's a component to it that it's often hard to capture in stories... the emotional connection two people can have to one another that make living life just a little bit sweeter, and sometimes a little sadder. Sex is important, but in many cases it wouldn't be as... meaningful... without that emotional connection.
A relationship is about two people (or sometimes more), and I don't feel Rough Custody or Taken In The Dark really embodied this enough for my liking, or explained the reasons why this may not (exactly) be the case. I can appreciate that the female protagonists also wanted to give the guy's back as good as they got (sexually), but from my point of view... well, I see how it could be debilitating sometimes if one really, honestly did live in that sort of state. For your life, as well as your relationships. Some people may be okay with it (may see it as giving them freedom and room to live out their fantasies and find what truly satisfies them sexually), whilst others may not (who may just want to be with that one person because they love them for being a person, and not merely (or mostly) a sex object).
Lastly, I hope you don't think I was dissing your stories. I wasn't trying to, even if I ended up doing so. Sorry. They just gave me a lot to think about, and I *know* - maybe it's a side effect of high school English class, or something, but when I get started, I can analyse things to death, not always seeing the simple simplicity that a story was merely meant to be... that it's just entertainment. Sometimes I get overly attached or excited about a piece and I want it to be something more... that's just the type of weird I am.
But back to Whip Me Harder, I would love, love, *love* more of this story! I guess it just speaks to me. And the ending - gulp! I definitely didn't see that coming. I don't know what to think about that comment, truthfully. It sorted gave me chills but I could also see it in a potentially romantic light, too. (I'm a bit of a romance junkie, eep!) Call me old-fashioned, stuck-up, or whatever.
Do keep writing, though; I can see something really touching (and possibly quite raw) happening in the future. :-)
Rough Custody - 3.5 Stars, Whip Me Harder - 4.5 Stars; Taken in the Dark - 3.5 Stars.
Overall - 4 Stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)